Split top Saw Bench #6: Finishing up

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Blog entry by TerryDowning posted 12-03-2013 04:45 PM 16865 reads 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a while and I’ve been plugging and plodding away on this.

When I left off, I had finished off the dry fit of the saw till/dog house and had the vision of a tilt out feature like a potato bin.

No pics on the glue up. Not any different than the dry fit/rehearsal anyways.

After the glue dried I spent some time with my 60 1/2 low angle block plane and MF #9 smoother finishing and fitting the till to the saw bench.

While trying to determine the pivot location (and still working out in my head how this would work. I realized that a simple pull out drawer arrangement would be easier and more convenient.

I cut Dadoes top and bottom for runners in either side and glued them in place.

The top runner keeps the drawer from falling out and flat as I slide it out to get a saw.

The dog house works great for holding bench dogs and wedge parts/spacers not in use.

Made some bench dogs for the wedge vice.

Took the slight wobble out by truing the bottoms of the feet with my cambered Jack Plane and flattened the tops using my winding sticks and my Millers Falls 22

I can’t think of anything else for this and I’m not going to put a finish on it so I’m calling it done!!

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 12-03-2013 06:24 PM

I see what you did there…

Allegedly a post about a workbench, but what you’re really doing is bragging about your collection of Miller’s Falls planes!

I’ll bet you’re a member of the Wood-planes-oholic group.

Like your bench and the saw till. I have trouble keeping my saws handy since they live in a toolbox that ends up in strange places.

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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#2 posted 12-03-2013 11:19 PM

Nice build & blog.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 12-03-2013 11:51 PM

You did good sir..

-- jstegall

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 12:04 AM

Even a dog house !
You have more packed into that little rascal than many people have in their full size workbenches.
Well done.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 12:06 AM

Thanks Paul!!

A compliment from a craftsman of your caliber is truly meaningful.

Thanks to all for all of the positive comments.

-- - Terry

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 10:31 PM

Aha! Wonderful

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#7 posted 12-12-2020 02:13 PM

Well this is quite a find. I have also looked at that sawbench that Stumpy made in a video and thought I might adapt it into a multi-functional low bench.
Nicely made. How much have you used it since?

-- I like to go against the grain, except when I'm planing...

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